The narrator is probably fine for most listeners, based on the reviews and ratings. For me, her voice modulation was a bit shrill. After 30 minutes, it began to grate a bit. Also, I didn't much care for her vocal characterization of the hero, Sam.
The story itself was better when I read it, compared to audio. I love the beginning chapters, where Sam and Jane get to know each other. Great car wash scene! Some funny one-liners. Decent dialogue.
Some parts of the book are skip-worthy, so when reading, I just skim past the sections involving the other three women (Marci, Lena, and TJ) and their love life. I grow impatient with the pages (and audio minutes) spent on this. Instead, I focus on the main characters, Sam and Jane. I also flip past the pages depicting the bloody murder. Repeated explicit sex gets boring, so fast forward there, too.
So, I'd give the book almost 4 stars (because I skim past the sections I don't care for). In audio format, it's hard to skim over unwanted sections.
This book is hilarious!!!...when I read it. Listening to it...not as much. Voice ruined it. Thank goodness I read it first.
Hecks yeah! This one was fantastic though it's quite old.
Detective Sam Donovan
Yes I would, I was impressed how well she performed for the male characters and obviously the female ones as well.
I don't. This book is thoroughly toe curling and a re-read every now and then.
Yep. It's hot. He's ultra hot. A perfect FICTIONAL macho hero. The heroine is slightly annoying but not enough to ruin the read.
Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard was a very entertaining listen. The narrator, Laura Hicks, did a lovely job with the characters. The story itself wasn't at all predictable and had some witty banter between the hero and heroine.
Jaine Bright has made a mess of her life. She is starting to think her judgement may be a bit skewed. First, she was convinced her neighbor is an alcoholic or worse. He keeps late hours, he's surly and grumpy with her and she can't seem to be around him for more than 5 minutes without making him mad. Turns out he's an undercover cop that works strange hours and the neighborhood loves him. Second, her and her friends decide to make a list of Mr. Perfect over drinks one evening. The list gets misplaced and ends up becoming a media phenomena. Everyone wants to debate the Mr. Perfect list. Some agree, some find it humorous and it makes some very angry. All of a sudden, her and her friends are thrown into a media circus, having to defend their list and have attracted a stalker that isn't at all happy with the list. To make it even more complicated, Jaine finds her biggest supporter and protector in the very neighbor that she always thought she hated.
Sam Donovan is an undercover policeman who works crazy hours and has to deal with a neighbor that makes way too much noise when he's trying to sleep. Yes, most of that is during the day, but that's beside the point. Not to mention, he finds himself attracted beyond logic whenever she is around. Now, her friends are being hurt and she is being threatened. He'll stop at nothing to protect the woman he has come to love.
The witty, funny banter between Sam and Jaine make the book. Honestly, without that I don't know that I would have liked this book nearly as much.
<b><i>"No? No? You can't say No. It's against the law to hold me against my will." "I'm not holding you against your will. I'm holding you against your car."</i></b>
You'll find yourself laughing out loud in places. Sam is cocky and brash, but very patient with Jaine. Jaine is almost like Lucille Ball in this book. She bumbles along and makes her life harder than it needs to be. But, she loves her friends and she's a very likable character.
Honestly I didn't care for the reader of this story but loved the story.
The banter between Sam and Jane.
I hated the accents that she gave to the people and the way she made the law enforcement sound.
The friendship between the four woman was wonderful.
I thought that this was one of Howard's best. I liked the way the characters meshed together. I liked the scrappiness of Jane and how she was willing to stand up for what she believed in.
Call it silly, but I like stories to be edited and clean. One sentence, Jane has only a brother and sister, another, she has brothers who have taught her to fight. One sentence, Sam ran out of the house shirtless, the next, his silk shirt is wet with the rain.
It seemed as if the narrator struggled to perform the range between the male and female voices. (listen before buying)
Lastly, I think the author tried to write a murder/romance, but ended up with a juvinile premise of four friends and a list, a mentally disturbed person, who doesn't really fit until the last few minutes and low-budget soft-porn. And, everything happens in a three-week timeline that is not believable.
To relax I listen to my books. It's like yoga but better, you don't have to bend your body!!
YES, This is a good book for every female that likes to laugh, cry and get all hot.
When she meet his family. That was so funny.
No but I hope to find more of her books
I would actually give this a 3.5 to 4 stars. This was my first Linda Howard book. It was a fun book with a mystery and higher body count than I expected. I will say that Howard does write crazy people very well. If you are looking for a mostly humorous read with a little mystery then this is a good book....it is a tad unrealistic but fun non the less.
It was gripping. Couldn't stop listening.
The ending with Jane & Sam. That's all I'll say.